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“when it proved to be of an intermediate character, the Dutch flag floated”: The flags of Chateau Gruaud


"Chateau Gruau-Larose a St-Julien" [1]

“Chateau Gruau-Larose a St-Julien” [1]

“[D]uring the last century when the M. Gruaud, who has given his name to the vineyard, owned the property, it was his practice at the conclusion of each vintage to hoist above his chateau the flag of the particular nation which he thought his wine most likely to suit.  Thus whenever it was thin and poor, and consequently cheap, he ran up the German colours; if full of flavour and body, and correspondingly dear, the British standard was unfurled; and on those occasions when it proved to be of an intermediate character, the Dutch flag floated over the square tower of the Chateau Gruaud.” [2]


[1] Danflou, Alfred. Les Grands Crus Bordelais. Premiere Part. 1867. Gallica Bibliotheque Numerique. URL: http://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b86256511
[2] Vizetelly, Henry. “Report on the Wines tasted at the Vienna Universal Exhibition of 1873”.  Parliamentary Papers, House of Commons and Command, Volume 73, Part 4. 1874. URL: https://books.google.com/books?id=wDUTAAAAYAAJ&pg=PR1#v=onepage&q&f=false

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